Winter Pest Control Tips for Your Home from 2nd Generation Exterminator Robiar Smith, CEO of R.B. Pest Solutions (Part 1)

Winter Pest Control Tips for Your Home from 2nd Generation Exterminator Robiar Smith, CEO of R.B. Pest Solutions (Part 1)

Robiar Smith, a Chicago native, born and raised on the south side of Chicago was introduced to pest control at a young age by her dad. She never thought in her wildest dreams that she would be starting her own pest control company to honor her parents legacy. But here she is trailblazing in the industry of pest control. Robiar was kind enough to answer a few questions and provide some great winter pest control tips for your home.

Question: Can you describe the pest landscape in Chicago and give some insight into why Chicago was named the ‘rattiest city’ in America again this year, for the 6th year in a row?

r-b-pest-logoAnswer: Chicago has a great transportation system which helps the rodents move around and provides them with food and shelter. Also, there is a lot of new development and construction which disturbs their nesting ground and hiding spots which brings them out in the open. Rats and mice have babies every 30 days so they reproduce quickly. Bed Bugs are also a problem in Chicago. They live all year round.

Question: What are some things people can do in their home to control pests?

r-b-pest-logoAnswer: You must address pest control in the long term. Again, rats and mice have babies every 30 days so you have to stay on top of any problems. In your home, start at the front door to check the entry way and walk your entire home. Look for any entry points and patch any holes you see around your doors and windows. Look for holes around your plumbing which rodents can use to travel through the walls especially if you live in a multi-unit building. Keep your food in containers and don’t leave dirty dishes out for long.

Rodents in your home will leave evidence. Look for droppings on your counters, in corners, and behind your appliances. Number one place to check and keep clean is behind the stove. Rodents in your home will more than likely be in your kitchen. They eat the crumbs behind the stove for their food source and the water pan under your refrigerator for their water source. You also want to check the utility room around the washer machine, dryer, furnace, and hot water heater. Leave traps in these areas as monitoring devices. Put down sticky traps to see what you catch.

Clean around these areas with a peppermint oil cleaner. Rodent hate the smell of peppermint. Also put a few drops of peppermint oil in a 32oz spray bottle and spray your baseboards. Anything or any area which is undisturbed will be options for where rodents can live in your home.

In addition to rodents, you have to watch out for dust mites, clover mites, bed bugs, and termites. Once they overpopulate, they become a problem. In Chicago, lots of people are using public transportation which is one of the ways bugs can follow you home. Also, lots of people are ride share drivers and/or using ride sharing for transportation. I recommend ride share drivers use 91% alcohol as a repellent/disinfectant in their car. Spray the back of your car occasionally between passengers. Keep all your coats in one closet. Occasionally spray your purse, shoes, and outwear with disinfectant.

Question: Wow, those are a lot of great tips. But what if they need to call in a professional. What services does R.B Pest Solutions offer?

r-b-pest-logoAnswer: We are always here to help and service the community. R.B Pest Solutions has a retail store located at 8243 S. Cottage Grove in the Chatham neighborhood where people can purchase products or get more information. Residential clients can sign up for pest control visits on a monthly or quarterly basis. R.B. Pest Solutions specializes in providing effective and reliable pest control solutions for residential and commercial properties.

At RB Pеѕt Sоlutіоnѕ, wе specialized in providing effective and reliable реѕt соntrоl ѕоlutіоnѕ in thе rеѕіdеntіаl and соmmеrсіаl рrореrtу. We take Integrated Pest Management to heart in providing both ѕhоrt and long-term pest control ѕоlutіоnѕ fоr рrореrtу оwnеrѕ. Whether the рrоblеm Ants, Bed Bugs, Centipedes, Mісе, Rаtѕ, Tеrmіtеѕ, Mоsquіtоeѕ аnd Spiders, RB Pest Solutions have an experienced реѕt соntrоl specialist whо саn hеlр.
We also еduсаtе our clients on Pеѕt Sоlutіоnѕ that аrе affordable аnd еffесtіvе; we have tесhnісіаnѕ that has been іn the іnduѕtrу fоr over 30 уеаrѕ. We get rіd of unwanted guеѕtѕ fоr good.

At RB Pеѕt Solutions, wе dоn’t rеѕt until we get rid of your Pеѕt.

Question: Why choose R.B Pest Solutions?

r-b-pest-logoAnswer: R.B Solutions is a local based company in Chicago, IL. We are leaders in providing the highest quality extermination for residential and commercial properties. Our technicians educate your tenants and customers while providing long lasting solutions to your unwanted guests!
We have two generations of certified technicians that care and provide industry standard IPM management like no other company. Our tailored approach with our genuine concern to provide you with a solution is our commitment.
If you are looking for fast, efficient, expert service from local, friendly, knowledgeable technicians, then look no further. Whatever your pest control issue, we have the experience and capabilities to manage any problem swiftly and effectively.

For more information, visit the website or call 312-217-9605. The retail store is located at 8243 S. Cottage Grove.


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